NEW MADRID -- The leadership and the willingness to do what is necessary for a win is what sets Dontre Jenkins apart from the rest of the pack.
As a point guard for the New Madrid County Central Eagles, Jenkins was the floor-leader which is a role he is comfortable with and has flourished in for quite some time.
"That's what I've been known for throughout my whole life, really," Jenkins said.
The 6-1, NMCC graduate is hoping the special traits that he possesses will follow him to William Woods University next season where here recently signed his letter of intent to play basketball for the Owls.
"I am very excited that Dontre has decided to come to WWU," William Woods head coach Nick Totta said. "Dontre is the consummate point guard. His has a tremendous understanding of the game. He has an ability to think a play or pass ahead and, consequently, his decision making is excellent. Where the game sometimes speeds up for players, he is able to slow it down.
"Everything that I can gather is that he is the type of person who will take full advantage of this opportunity."
Totta, who was issued the head coaching position during the off-season, got his first glance at Jenkins during a workout at Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill. NMCC head coach Travis Day remembers Totta's initial reaction when seeing the guard.
"When he saw Dontre at a workout at Shawnee, he was excited about him," Day recalled. "He said he was the type of point guard he needed to start his program with. He's a kid that can be an extension of a coach out on the court. That's how he was for me and I think he's going to do that at the next level."
Day has seen countless times when the never-die efforts of Jenkins resulted in wins for the Eagles.
"That kid willed us to a lot of wins by just his desire," said Day. "I told (Totta) that (Jenkins) is a program kid. He's going to be a kid that you won't have to worry about and he's going to do his homework and be in the gym.
"I think it's a great opportunity for him. I think he went to the right spot for him to mature."
Jenkins averaged 14.6 points a game, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in his senior campaign with NMCC. This all while trying to heal a broken foot sustained during the 2009 football season which limited his chances at a deserving football scholarship.
"(William Woods) has a good school, academic wise," said Jenkins. "And, with a new coach coming in, I've got a good chance to come in as a freshman and get a lot of playing time. That's what I wanted."
Totta is more than willing to give Jenkins that opportunity.
"I believe he has a chance to leave his imprint all over the record books at WWU," said Totta. "Dontre will flourish in our offense because he can lead the break and get others involved, but he will also lead us when we find ourselves in half-court situations. He has every opportunity to come in a be our point guard for four years. I also think he is going to take full advantage of the academic opportunity that awaits him.
"I couldn't be more pleased with this situation."